Old-fashioned popcorn balls!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 popcorn balls
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Spray large roasting pan with cooking spray; add popcorn and place in 300F oven until warm. (Popcorn can also be warmed in a large microwave safe bowl for 1 to 2 minutes on HIGH (100%) power.)

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  • Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring to boil over medium heat. Continue stirring and boil 2 minutes.

  • Remove syrup mixture from heat; stir in vanilla and baking soda. Pour syrup mixture over warm popcorn stirring to coat well. Cover hands with two plastic bags, spray bags lightly with cooking spray. Working quickly shape twelve 3-inch popcorn balls.

  • Cool completely. Wrap individually in plastic wrap.

Nutrition Facts

181 calories; protein 1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 29.6g 10% DV; fat 6.9g 11% DV; cholesterol 10.2mg 3% DV; sodium 300.5mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2017
I made these because I didn't have granulated sugar just brown sugar. They were great! Made them for Halloween... then only got a few trick or treaters. Fine with me I'd eat another every hour or so ha. These were the classic popcorn balls and as the evening progressed they got a little better - more solid and with a little chewiness that I really liked. The only trouble that I had was forming the balls with oiled hands - they were still falling apart. I thought "oh no... I am a popcorn ball failure!" Then I remembered to put the oiled bags on and that did the trick! Yummy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2017
I made these because I didn't have granulated sugar just brown sugar. They were great! Made them for Halloween... then only got a few trick or treaters. Fine with me I'd eat another every hour or so ha. These were the classic popcorn balls and as the evening progressed they got a little better - more solid and with a little chewiness that I really liked. The only trouble that I had was forming the balls with oiled hands - they were still falling apart. I thought "oh no... I am a popcorn ball failure!" Then I remembered to put the oiled bags on and that did the trick! Yummy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2018
I made them several times and will continue! The Karo syrup recipe is one I'm used to but I didn't have the recipe until now. We devoured them so I don't have any pics - sorry. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/18/2018
Great!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2019
I made them and they were super easy Read More